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Many can argue that Antonio Conte has done wonders since his appointment by Tottenham but the Italian is asking the board to back him in the January transfer window.
Time is running out for deals, the club must act quickly to continue their quest for a top four finish and FA Cup success, and can do so by adding two names to the squad.
The club’s change of fortune under Conte was epitomized in their dramatic victory over Leicester City last time out, in which two stoppage time goals from Steven Bergwijn sealed an unlikely win.
However, the Italian isn’t entirely happy with what’s at his disposal and has given his assessment of the team to chairman Daniel Levy and chief football officer Fabio Paratici, including the positions he wants to strengthen and the players he wishes to leave. .
talkSPORT understands that a move for Wolves winger Adama Traore is drawing near, and a move for club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele is highly likely as the player is keen to move to PSG.
Conte didn’t want to say much in his pre-match press conference against Chelsea, but said he hoped his needs would be met this month.
“Honestly, I prefer to talk about this subject always with the club,” he said.
“Of course I made assessments on the team but I spoke with the club and I hope the club will listen to me.”
Given his background at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Juventus, the club would be foolish not to back Conte as he aims to become the first Spurs manager since 2008 to win a trophy.
Having been heavily linked with Traore, talkSPORT.com take a look at who else the club could sign ahead of the January 31 deadline.
Adama Traore (Wolves)
Given his raw pace, superb dribbling and Premier League experience, a deal for Traore makes a lot of sense for Spurs.
While he’s mainly been used as a winger for Wolves, he’s been used as a right-back in the past, and oddly enough, that’s where Conte plans to use him.
Having just signed Emerson Royal from Barcelona who was replaced at half-time against the Foxes by Matt Doherty, who also failed to impress, Conte clearly thinks the Brazilian is not living up to his expectations. and could benefit from additional competition for its place. .
A £15m offer for the Spaniard has already been rejected and it is understood that a £20m offer will be enough to make Traore the first signing under Conte.
Diego Carlos (Seville)
The 28-year-old centre-back had been close to joining Newcastle only for the club to be overtaken by Sevilla.
As the Toon Army take a hit in their pursuit of Carlos, Spurs have been given a boost.
Multiple reports have said the Lilywhites are set to rival Newcastle for Carlos, and given he is reportedly keen on leaving Spain, a deal could be highly likely.
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
The 29-year-old will almost certainly leave Old Trafford, having been frustrated with playing time since returning from loan at West Ham.
The Irons have been linked for some time now to secure a permanent deal for Lingard, but face serious competition for his services.
Spurs are also keen on him and have contacted Lingard’s representatives over a possible move to north London.
Although unlikely, the club are keen to bring him in now, but talkSPORT understands a deal for Lingard is more likely to happen this summer.
Franck Kessie (AC Milan)
Like Lingard, the Ivorian midfielder is at the end of his contract with the Serie A giants and wants to live a new adventure.
Many clubs across Europe love Kessie, including Premier League rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
That said, a move for Kessie could be on the cards now as the club want to avoid a signature battle with the other clubs this summer.
Also given his age (25), the AC Milan player would represent a brilliant business with his best years still ahead of him.
That said, here’s how Spurs could line up after the end of the transfer window…
Adama Traore joins Wolves, along with Newcastle target Diego Carlos and Manchester United ace in revamped Tottenham roster as Antonio Conte pleads for transfer
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